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Parikia Paros: Also called Paros Town or Hora, Parikia is the capital of Paros Greece and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Parikia was built on the same site where the ancient city and capital used to stand. This little town is the commercial and cultural centre of Paros as well as the main harbour of the island, serving many other islands. For the numerous connections Paros offers, thousands of visitors visit Parikia during summer just to catch a connection for another island.
Parikia is built amphitheatrically around the port and has a typical Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed cubic and flat roofed houses with spare architectural lines and coloured wooden doors, windows and balconies. On the entrance of the port, a superb whitewashed windmill welcomes the visitors and constitutes the trademark of Paros. The bus station and taxi station are located nearby.
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Numerous restaurants, taverns, cafes, bars and night clubs are lining the one side of the coast road (which is closed for the cars during the evening) while the town's beach is boarding the second part of the road.
A few minutes walking from the port will take you to the heart of the traditional Cycladic settlement of Parikia, which is clustered around the hill of Kastro (Castle). This quarter is typically Cycladic, full of whitewashed two-storey houses with coloured windows, doors and balconies and old mansions, separated by narrow whitewashed streets forming a labyrinth.
The castle, called Kastro, was built during the 13th century on the highest point of the town. Material and columns from an ancient temple, that used to stand on the same place, were used for the construction of Kastro. Nowadays, only part of the wall and a tower remain from the Venetian castle.
Many churches surround the area of Kastro such as the Panagia Septemvriani (The Virgin of September), the Church of Agia Eleni (Saint Helen) and the most important and oldest of all, the beautiful Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of the Hundred Gates), which is considered as one of the most important Byzantine monuments still standing in Greece; this church also houses a fine museum.
Another interesting museum is the Archaeological Museum of Paros, located behind the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani and exhibits a collection of various findings dating from the Neolithic and Roman periods. Other very interesting sites to visit nearby Parikia are the ruins of Asclepieion, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Eileithyia (Truth), the Temple of Zeus Ypatos and more.
Sail for 7 days in the Aegean sea and explore the beauties of Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini. The sailing cruise starts in Mykonos, the party island, and during 7 days you will cruising around Cyclades with final destination being Santorini. What's even better? Snorkeling equipment, stand up paddleboards, and quad tours organised to have the ultimate fun during this 7-days sailing cruise
Paros Island is part of the Cyclades and stands up with the perfect mix between traditional architecture and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Definitely an island that has to be discovered! Take our water taxi from Naxos early in the morning and head to the Naousa port, where your independent journey will begin. Enjoy the picturesque port, take a walk on the seafront alley and admire the moored fishermen`s boats. You can also stop at one restaurant and try some fresh fish dishes before going to explore the rest of the island.
A local bus can take you to Parikia, the capital of the island, where you can visit some important sightseeing like the Archaeological Museum, the old market street or the Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani – an important symbol of Greek Orthodoxy. Go for a walk on the typical narrow streets with whitewashed buildings and take advantage of every beautiful corner for creating stunning photography. You can also rent a car and visit some places that are not accessible by public transportation or you can take a water taxi and go to see the beaches on the other side of the bay. Go for a swim, relax and return in time to take your water taxi back to Naxos.
There are many different ways to get to Parikia from any location on the island.
Airport to Parikia: 10.7 km / 6.6 miles | Naoussa to Parikia: 10.7 km / 6.6 miles | Golden Beach to Parikia: 20 km / 12.4 miles
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Paros transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Paros with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover Parikia and many other places of interest in Paros at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia). There are bus connections between this bus station and the most areas of the island. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here.
From Paros airport to Parikia: There’s a bus station outside the airport building. The buses that depart from there take visitors to the main bus station in Parikia village, which is 10.7 km away.
From Paros port to Parikia: The central bus station is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia).
Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.
Ferry to Paros: Book your ferry to Paros from Athens, Naxos, Santorini and other islands.
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Hotel Aegeon in Paros is a traditional complex of Cycladic style, ideally located in the centre of Parikia town, at a walking distance from places of interest. Beaches, restaurants, shops and bars are all close at hand. The rooms and apartments of Hotel Aegeon are spacious and pleasing, as they offer all modern amenities, such as TV, wi-fi, fridge etc. Air conditioning is available in all rooms and complimentary toiletries and cosmetics are provided. The hotel features a large swimming pool and very nice outdoor patio and lounge.
Akrotiri Hotel is majestically built on Paros, this unique island of the Cyclades. Situated in the area of Parikia, the complex offers an extensive array of accommodation types. The various rooms and suites that are provided can guarantee the most convenient and comfortable stay with a hairdryer, a TV, a refrigerator and a private bathroom. Also, a bewildering selection of facilities and services is available in Akrotiri Hotel, including a swimming pool, Wi-Fi access and ample parking space.
Alexandra's Rooms are located in Paros, only few minutes away from an amazing, sandy beach and 500 meters away from the center of Parikia. Our beautiful and comfortable rooms are ideal for couples, friends and families.
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